Communication Friendly Classroom

This is a Wave 1 intervention to support Quality First Teaching. However, the same programme can be focused around an individual child with more significant needs as part of a programme of SEND Support.


Area of development:  Communication and interaction

Age/phase: Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2, Key Stage 3

Cost: £250 per programme (pay as you go) or 1/2 day equivalent from your contracted time

Start dates: any day in the weeks commencing 18th May, 1st June, 8th June, 15th June

This is a 3 session programme


Following this intervention you will have a better understanding about how to support communication and interaction for pupils with additional needs, with a broader range of strategies at your fingertips.


This is a 3-session programme based around developing confidence in classroom practice and supporting access for children and young people with communication and interaction needs.

The programme focuses on five key areas for development: social interaction; communication; flexibility of thinking; sensory sensitivity and behaviour & anxiety.

This programme builds upon Quality First Teaching and offers a "universal" level of support to the class teacher or teaching assistant.

Programme includes:

Session 1:

a)     20 – 30 minutes: whole class observation of the pupils’ responses to teaching content, their peers and tasks set

b)     20 – 30 minutes (teacher released): Assistant psychologist works with the teacher/teaching assistant to complete an audit of knowledge, skills and confidence in relation to communication and interaction and identifies hoped-for outcomes from the intervention

Session 2:

40 – 60 minutes: Detailed classroom observation, focusing on priority areas as identified by the teacher

Session 3:

20 – 30 minutes (teacher released): Strengths-based discussion and sharing of resources.

Following the intervention, a short report is provided and resources left for the teacher/teaching assistant to use.

If you would like to discuss this programme with a member of the team, please contact Heather Minshull, Senior Educational Psychologist: [email protected]